Faith has always been an anchor in Nathalie Krenz’s life, so when she learned she had breast cancer, she relied heavily upon her faith.
“I read and still read daily the orange Jesus Calling book. That book along with scripture and God’s strength made me champion through,” said Krenz, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2016.
An abnormal mammogram led to a biopsy. Some of her lymph nodes also tested positive for cancer. She had a mastectomy followed by eight rounds of chemotherapy and 33 radiation treatments.
When Krenz was diagnosed, her mother, who lived in Montreal, Canada, was battling lung cancer.
Right after her first treatment, Krenz, who is a member of Stevens Creek Church, said a scripture kept coming to her mind. It was John 14:3 in which Jesus promised his disciples that if he went away to prepare a place for them, he’d come back and bring them with him.
She wondered about the scripture, but she said it gave her comfort knowing even if she died or her mother died they would be in a better place.
It wasn’t long after that, that Krenz’s mother passed away.
Because most of her family lives in Montreal, Krenz decided to be transparent about her illness and treatment. She took to social media to record her progress and to request prayers.
“I enjoyed being bald,” she said. “I was constantly posting pictures.”
She also liked to post funny things on her page.
“I’m a joyful person,” she said.
Keeping a joyful, positive attitude was an important part of her healing process, she said. She also changed her bad eating habits into healthier ones.
Her journey brought her closer to friends and family, but it did interrupt her life in many ways. A crossing guard at Blue Ridge Elementary School, Krenz said she missed several weeks of school because of her chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and she missed seeing the schoolchildren.
Krenz finished her treatments in October 2016. She marked overcoming the disease with an ankle tattoo of a ribbon with a cross.
“It reminds me that the Lord really pulled me through,” she said.
Miracle Mile Walk: 7:30 a.m. pre-walk party, 9 a.m. walk Saturday, Oct. 21, Augusta Common, 836 Reynolds St.; University Health Care Foundation’s annual event supports University Hospital’s Breast Health Center and Mobile Mammography Unit, which provides life-saving screenings to women in the community who otherwise might not have access to or means to afford these screenings; visit themiraclemilewalk.org to start a team, join a team, sponsor a walker and donate; University Health Care Foundation, (706) 667-0030
Lydia Work Day: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 21, Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 5555 Hereford Farm Road, Evans; cut fabric and sew Lydia totes in support of women and girls coping with cancer; bring your sewing machine; nursery services available; (706) 863-6795
Lydia Night at Firehouse Subs: 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, Firehouse Subs in Augusta and North Augusta; 10 percent of all food sales will be donated to keep services free for women fighting cancer.
St. Michael’s Sewing Group: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25; 263 St. George Drive, Waynesboro; sew Lydia totes in support of the women and girls The Lydia Project serves; bring your sewing machine; Alice, (706) 554-3306
Lydia Sew Day: 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, Lutheran Church By The Lake Fellowship Hall, 100 Twelve Oaks Drive and Hwy 378, McCormick, S.C.; sew Lydia totes in support of women and girls coping with cancer; bring your sewing machine; Peggy Harla at firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd Annual Wacky Wig Walk: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Columbia County Amphitheater; benefits the Georgia Cancer Center-Image Boutique Fund; $20 registration at giving.augusta.edu/wackywigwalk; groups of 10 or more, contact Susan Doughtie at (706) 721-1364 or SDoughtie@augusta.edu
Lydia Work Day: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 28, Advent Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 3232 Washington Road; cut material for totes later sewn and later given to women and girls coping with cancer; Renee (803) 386-3617 or email@example.com
Lydia Work Day: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 853 N. Liberty St., Waynesboro; cut fabric and sew Lydia totes in support of women coping with cancer; lunch will be served; email Nina Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lydia Collection Drive: Saturday, Oct. 28, KJ’s Market, 5155 Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown; shop and drop to support The Lydia Project with supply needs for those fighting cancer
3rd Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser: 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Trinity On The Hill UMC-Wesley Hall, 1330 Monte Sano Ave., benefiting The Lydia Project, holiday fashions by custom clothier, fashion designer and alteration specialist Alethia Hudson, fashions from Cato Fashions and David’s Bridal, music by A Major Sound, emcee by local comedienne Poncere Daniels and catering by Southern Girl Cooks; shop for holiday gifts from vendors; $20; email Alethia Hudson at email@example.com or (706) 414-1958
Talbot’s Lydia Day: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, 491 A Highland Ave.; 10 percent of sales benefits The Lydia Project
Fall Back for Tommy Charity Tournament: 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, Jones Creek Golf Club; sponsored by Anytime Fitness in support of The Lydia Project; $300 foursome; Rachel, (706) 910-1220